Google Inc. is working on a new, freely accessible internet encyclopedia that will consist of material submitted by people who want to be identified as content experts and possibly profit from their knowledge.

The concept, outlined last week in a posting on Google’s web site, poses a potential challenge to the nonprofit Wikipedia, which has drawn upon the collective wisdom of unpaid, anonymous contributors to emerge as a widely used online reference tool. But whether Google’s effort will produce a resource that is more reliable than Wikipedia—which many educators do not allow as an authoritative source


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